Young Women of Grace Facilitators Share Innovative Class Ideas

Facilitators of a new Young Women of Grace group are sharing innovative ways they used to make their classes come alive and as you can see, the girls are loving it!

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The Life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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Born Elizabeth Ann Bayley in New York City, Mother Seton is a saint of firsts: first American-born saint, leader of the first Catholic girls’ school (and the first free Catholic school of any kind) in the United States, and foundress of the first American order of religious sisters — the Sisters of Charity.

Elizabeth was born into a prominent Anglican family and was married in the Anglican Church.  With her sister-in-law, Rebecca, she tended to the poor around New York, earning a reputation for her compassion and mercy.  In 1803, she traveled to Italy with her ailing husband in the hope that the climate would aid his recovery.

William Seton died in Italy later that year, but in her grief Elizabeth discovered a new love: the Catholic Church.  She scandalized her Protestant family and friends by being received into the Church in New York City on Ash Wednesday, 1805.

Finding NSt. Elizabeth ann Seton2ew York no longer hospitable to her Catholic zeal, Elizabeth suffered through some trying years before finding a haven in Baltimore.  I twas there that she channeled her passion for service into girls’ education.  She also pursued her dream of religious life, fashioning a rudimentary habit in the style of nuns she had seen in Italy.  Other women were drawn to her, and in 1809 the Sisters of Charity was born, based on the example of St. Vincent de Paul.

Mother Seton died in 1821 in Emmitsburgh, Maryland, where her school still sands.  In her refusal to let the social pressures of her station restrain her witness to the Catholic Faith — in word and deed — she is a wonderful example for us in a secularizing world.

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

What wisdom Holy Mother Church has in dedicating the first day of the year to Mary, Mother of God!

Mary is the Mother of God and she is our mother, too. Her fiat is the genesis of every fiat given to God. And every fiat given to God is enriched by hers. The fathers of the Second Vatican Council state it simply, succinctly, and profoundly: she is our Mother in the order of grace.

This poem, written by Giovanni Domini (1356-142), expresses the maternal beatitude we find so dear. May it elevate our hearts in gratitude to God for the gift of the Blessed Virgin. And may it elevate our hearts to the reality of our salvation which comes through the gift of her Son, Jesus Christ Savior of the World. Read the rest…

This World Needs Catholic Women’s Leadership!

The role of women in the world has never been as important as it is today, which is why so many Catholic women are deciding the time has come to hone their leadership skills in the first-of-its-kind Catholic Women’s Leadership Studies Program of the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women.

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Women of Grace Help Give Satan the Boot

(L/R) Women of Grace® members Tricia Boylan, Mary Ann Wheeler and her daugher, Patsy Ann Merrell with Pilgrim Virgin statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Rosary rally.

Women of Grace®members who participated in a prayerful protest to prevent a satanic display from being erected in a public park in Florida are overjoyed to report that the display will NOT be erected this year!

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Advent is Made for Women! A Women of Grace Reflection

Thanks to the hard work of Women of Grace and the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Joseph’s Church in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, dozens of women were able to enjoy an afternoon of reflection on the meaning of Advent.

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5 Basic Tips for College Students

College is an exciting time for young adults, an opportunity to grow as individuals. And whether you’re experiencing college as a freshman or finishing it up as a senior, it never hurts to get some advice that will help you live out your time at college to the fullest.

Here are some helpful tips:

1. Find balance in your school and social life (Romans 12:2)
Easier said than done! There are two different types of people at college: one that places school over everything and the other that doesn’t prioritize their education enough. For the ultimate college experience, balance is essential. Make sure to work hard but also schedule in some fun! Writing in your agenda and keeping track of how you are spending your time is crucial. And remember, learning to maintain balance is a life learning goal. Don’t worry about trying to perfect it.

2. Find your community (Proverbs 18:24)
If you are a freshman, being proactive in searching for a community can be really intimidating. But let me tell you, it’s worth it. College is a time when you can find some lifelong friends who share your values and goals in life. A great way to do this is by finding out if your school has a Catholic Student Union. If not, find people that share your faith. You could even start a group of your own! However, don’t become discouraged when a friendship doesn’t work out right away because building relationships take time. Be patient with yourself, it might not be easy at first but it will become easier with time.
Side note: Don’t forget your community back home! This transition is also hard on your parents – make sure to take the time to call and tell them you love them.

3. Budget (Proverbs 13:11)
Yuck, even the word alone sounds boring. But let me tell you, if you work hard to budget your money, it will pay off. It’s always good to stay alert on how much you’re spending and saving. Even if you aren’t in the position to save or you have to take out student loans, there are smart ways to spend so that it won’t hurt you too much in the future. Just cutting out your Starbucks can make a world of difference. And since God calls us to be frugal, you will feel better about not overspending.

4. Dig deeper into your faith (Colossians 2:6-7)
This is a time to question and grow in your faith, no matter what household you came from. It’s a lot easier to go to mass when your parents are telling you to, but now it’s up to you. Take advantage of this time and go. Even more, I invite you to dig deeper into Catholicism and learn more about what we believe. If you go beyond what is expected, God will do the same for you.

5. Trust in God, have faith in yourself (Joshua 1:9)
College isn’t meant to be easy, it’s meant to challenge you. From studying for exams to making major life decisions, you are going to experience it all. And it can be hard at times to not let these challenges overstress and overwhelm you; however, remind yourself that no matter what, everything is going to be okay. Trust that God has a plan and have enough faith to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Let go of your fears and let God do the rest!

 

Christine “Christy” Moore graduated from Florida State University with a degree in English Editing Writing and Media with a minor in Education. Currently interning at Women of Grace, she was born and raised in a strong Catholic home with two amazing parents and three siblings and is active in her parish music ministry.

 

Prayer for the Conversion of Hearts Will Change the World, Keynoter Tells Women’s Conference

Susan Brinkmann speaks at the Harrisburg Diocesan Women’s Conference on October 14

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

Pray for the conversion of hearts – as the Blessed Mother instructed at Fatima – and the world will change.

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